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2019/2020 White Birch Bookstore Events

We have a great series of book store events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

april
The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound and Pilgrims of Woodstock: Never-Before-Seen Photos. 

Pilgrims of Woodstock
 

COLD RIVER RADIO SHOW
Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

POSTPONED

The Cold River Radio Show is a New England variety show, featuring award-winning New England based artists, performers, storytellers, comedians and best-selling authors. For more than a decade, a night at the Cold River Radio Show promises an evening with a seasoned performer, a sneak peek at a new up-and-coming talent, a glimpse into an author’s craft - or all of those things and more!

At the April show, the author guest is John Kane and White Birch Books will be selling copies of his books - The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound and Pilgrims of Woodstock: Never-Before-Seen Photos

Known as the "Father of Festival Sound," Bill Hanley made his indelible mark as a sound engineer at Woodstock. He is credited with creating the sound of Woodstock, which literally made the massive festival possible. Stories of his on-the-fly solutions resonate as legend among festivalgoers, music lovers, and sound engineers. Since the 1950s his passion for audio has changed the way audiences listen to and technicians approach quality live concert sound.

John Kane examines Hanley's echoing impact on the entire field of sound engineering, that crucial but often-overlooked carrier wave of contemporary music. Hanley's innovations founded the sound reinforcement industry and launched a new area of technology, rich with clarity and intelligibility. By the early seventies the post-Woodstock festival mass gathering movement collapsed. The music industry shifted, and new sound companies surfaced. After huge financial losses and facing stiff competition, Hanley lost his hold on a business he helped create. By studying both his history during the festivals and his independent business ventures, Kane seeks to present an honest portrayal of Hanley and his acumen and contributions. The Last Seat in the House will intrigue and inform anyone who cares about the modern music industry.

Pilgrims of Woodstock offers a vivid and intimate portrait of the overlooked stars of the festival: the everyday people who made Woodstock unforgettable. A new generation can experience the real and unedited festival through Richard Bellak's never-before-seen photographs and John Kane's incredible new interviews. The photographs and interviews capture attendees' profound personal moments across hundreds of acres of farmland, as they meditated, played music, cooked food at night, and congregated around campfires. For three days, they helped and relied on each other in peace and harmony. For most, it was a life-changing event. Now, as the 50th anniversary of the famed festival approaches, relive their experiences firsthand in Pilgrims of Woodstock.

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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY  

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
Saturday, April 25, ALL DAY - White Birch Books
POSTPONED

Join the Party for the 6th Annual Independent Bookstore Day!

White Birch Books will be celebrating all day with lots of great giveaways, story time throughout the day, yummy book cookies, staff favorites AND more. We will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors.

We will also be participating in a state-wide BOOKSTORE TOUR! We want you to visit as many of the 15 independent bookstores in New Hampshire, get your booklet stamped and be eligible to win prizes as you visit stores throughout the day! You can stop by the bookstore to pick up or drop off the booklets. 

We will also have community members, your friends, neighbors and teachers in the bookstore each hour to read their favorite book to all who are here! We will be posting these on our FB page and the reader with the most LIKES will win a $100 worth of books to go to their favorite local organization! So be sure to tune in and vote! Winner will be announced on Sunday night!

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.

So we encourage you to come join the party, show your community support and shop local! 

 
now My Name by Chanel Miller  

ONE BOOK ONE CAUSE, Starting Point Book Club
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m. - White Birch Books

POSTPONED

One Book One Cause is a book discussion group sponsored by Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. 

Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally, and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case.

In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators.

Unblinkingly precise in her naming the pain and inspiring in her reclaiming her name, this book is so important in the field of victim advocacy.

We hope you have the chance to read the book but it is not necessary for joining the discussion. Books are available at White Birch Books.

Light refreshments and wine served.
Limited seating so please call ahead to Starting Point 447-2494 or email [email protected]

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june
olli  

BEST BOOKS OF 2020 AND BEYOND
OLLI Course

Tuesday, June 2, 10 a.m. - Noon
Granite State College, Conway, NH

Laura becomes a teacher and teaches the only things she knows! What are the hot new books? Get ready to make your lists. The class will focus mainly on fiction books and will include all the highly anticipated titles coming out soon, as well as some sleeper hits that you can discover first. There will also be a concerted effort to include upcoming nonfiction titles. Plus, we will talk about smaller press regional titles. Share your favorite reads, too. As an added bonus, participants will go home with a new book to read. 
You must sign up in advance! Member tuition is $20, register online at https://olli.granite.edu/courses-events

 
THE VANISHING SKY  

SAVE THE DATE!
Author Luncheon with L. Annette Binder
THE VANISHING SKY
Monday, June 15, Noon

Location, Menu and Price TBA

In 1945, as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family is not yet free of its dangers or its insidious demands. Etta, a mother from a small, rural town, has two sons serving their home country: her elder, Max, on the Eastern front, and her younger, Georg, at a school for Hitler Youth. When Max returns from the front, Etta quickly realizes that something is not right - he is thin, almost ghostly, and behaving very strangely. Etta strives to protect him from the Nazi rule, even as her husband, Josef, becomes more nationalistic and impervious to Max's condition. 

Meanwhile, miles away, her younger son Georg has taken his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle-bound soldiers to set off on a long and perilous journey home.

The Vanishing Sky is a WWII novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation - involuntary, unseen, or direct - in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family.

Order a copy of When You See Me

 

 
THE MOUNTAINS WILD  

SAVE THE DATE!
Author Luncheon with Sarah Stewart Taylor
THE MOUNTAINS WILD
Thursday, June 25, Noon

Location, Menu and Price TBA

Sarah Stewart Tayloy is back with a series debut set in Dublin and New York, featuring homicide detective Maggie D'arcy finally tackling the case that changed the course of her life.

Twenty-three years ago, D'arcy's family received a call from the Dublin police. Her cousin Erin has been missing for several days. Maggie herself spent weeks in Ireland, trying to track Erin's movements, working beside the police. But it was to no avail: no trace of her was ever found.

The experience inspired Maggie to become a cop. Now, back on Long Island, more than 20 years have passed. Maggie is a detective and a divorced mother of a teenager. When the Gardaí call to say that Erin's scarf has been found and another young woman has gone missing, Maggie returns to Ireland, awakening all the complicated feelings from the first trip. The despair and frustration of not knowing what happened to Erin. Her attraction to Erin's coworker, now a professor, who never fully explained their relationship. And her determination to solve the case, once and for all.

A lyrical, deeply drawn portrait of a woman - and a country - over two decades - The Mountains Wild introduces a compelling new mystery series from a mesmerizing author.

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